NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Golden State
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: Golden State 109, Minnesota 77
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Richardson came back to score 23 points and grab seven rebounds as the Golden State Warriors destroyed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 109-77, at The Arena.
Richardson had missed the previous four games with a bad back.
"It feels great (to be back)," said Richardson. "You need these types of wins to get the team going. We've lost a couple of close games...We're going to try to finish up strong (before the All-Star break.)"
Troy Murphy had 20 points and eight rebounds and Mickael Pietrus added 17 points and six boards for the Warriors, who snapped a two-game slide. Michael Dunleavy netted 14 in the win.
Ricky Davis contributed 20 points and Kevin Garnett had 15 and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost three consecutive games. Rashad McCants scored 12 points, mostly in garbage time.
Murphy scored six points while Richardson and Pietrus each tallied five to put the Warriors on top 29-24 after 12 minutes of play and extend the margin to 37-26 at the 9:47 mark of the second.
With the score 37-30, the Warriors pushed the lead to 56-37 courtesy of a 19-7 run to close the half, which included nine points from Murphy. The Timberwolves shot 6-of-25 in the second period and were outscored 27-13.
Minnesota tried to chip away in the third stanza, but could get no closer than 63-44. Golden State later increased its lead to 80-54 on Murphy's tip-in with almost three minutes left in the quarter and the Warriors led 85-59 heading into the final period.
Ike Diogu's fadeaway pushed Golden State's lead to 30, 91-61, and his free throws with almost five minutes to play gave the Warriors their biggest lead at 101-65. None of Golden State's starters played in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors shot 47.5 percent from the floor, including 27-of-30 from the charity stripe, while the Timberwolves connected on 37.6 percent of their shots. Golden State held a 47-39 rebounding edge and scored 44 points in the paint.
The teams have split the last eight meetings...Golden State is 13-13 at home and has lost three of its last five contests at The Arena, while the T'Wolves are 7-17 as the visitors...Diogu netted 12 points.
02/05 01:57:55 ET